Transition to Major (T2M)

The first year of all Engineering programs at Purdue is common, and incoming students are admitted to First Year Engineering (FYE) rather than to one of the 16 Engineering degree programs. Once a student has completed the FYE Requirements, he or she is eligible to transition to a degree program through the "Transition to Major," or T2M, process. Admission to Engineering degree programs may be competitive, especially for programs that are at or above enrollment capacity. Competitive admission is based primarily on GPA and Engineering Admissions Index (EAI), but in some cases may also be based on grades in specific courses.

A few programs have specific requirements for admission in addition to the completion of the FYE requirements (these typically involve a particular choice for the Science Selective). 


Every semester, the FYE advising office audits all student records to determine which students are on-track to finish FYE requirements at the end of the semester. These students are invited to fill out an online T2M form where they select their first and second choice of Engineering degree program. At this point, most students will receive registration advising and the registration PIN from his or her first-choice program, even though the student has not yet been formally admitted to the program (students with a first semester GPA of 2.5 or below, and who request majors with capacity limitations (currently AAE, BME, CHE, and ME), will be advised and receive their PIN from FYE Advisors). As soon as grades post at the end of the semester, the final audit and T2M process begins. Students are automatically placed into their first or second choice program and are notified of their placement.

Students who have completed all FYE requirements with a cumulative GPA > 3.20 and an EAI > 3.20 have the top priority in the T2M process — if the student has completed the specific requirements (if any) for his or her first choice of Engineering degree program, and if the degree program is not over critical capacity, the student will be admitted to his or her first choice. However, most programs are not at capacity and will accept all students who complete FYE requirements with GPA and EAI both greater than 2.00. For students with either GPA or EAI < 3.20, the professional school has the option of accepting or declining a student based on a variety of academic factors, which may include GPA, EAI, grades in particular courses, probation status, and academic history. However, in 2013-14, the vast majorty (>98%) of students with both GPA and EAI > 2.75 were accepted into their first choice program. More detailed historical data are given below.

Students who are not admitted to their first choice Engineering degree program have the option to remain in FYE, typically to retake courses in an attempt to improve grades, provided they are not currently in their fourth semester of FYE.

The T2M process happens three times a year -- at the end of the Fall, Spring, and Summer semesters (December, May, and August).


Past patterns of student enrollment do not guarantee future cutoffs or T2M decisions; the following data are presented as a guideline only and not a guarantee.

For students entering Purdue in Fall 2012 and finishing FYE requirements within three semesters (by December 2013):

  • 93% entered their first choice program.
  • 100% of students who chose ABE, CEM, ECE, EEE, IDE/MDE, IE, MSE, and NE entered their first choice program
  • 99% of students with EAI and GPA > 2.75 entered their first choice program (100% for all programs except BME (94%), CHE (96%), and ME (97%))

Program-specific requirements and preferences

Some of the Engineering degree programs have recommendations or requirements for the specific Science Selective course that a student must take in order to be eligible for admission. Students are encouraged to talk to an FYE Advisor for more information.

  • Biological Engineering (in ABE) and BME require CHM 11600 as the Science Selective.
  • Agricultural Engineering (in ABE), CHE, CE, EEE, MSE and NE prefer CHM 11600 as the Science Selective (and some of them require the course for graduation).
  • AAE, ECE, and IE prefer CS 15900 as the Science Selective (and some of them require the course for graduation).
  • CEM, IDE/MDE, and ME accept any valid Science Selective course (though some require a particular course for graduation).

Because the ABE programs must also meet College of Agriculture General Education requirements, students who intend to enter ABE are strongly encouraged to take COM 11400 and ENGL 10600 as their Oral Communication and Written Communication Foundational Outcome courses while in FYE. Students who take other courses may still enter ABE, but they may be required to take these courses for graduation while in ABE.